Fabulous February


I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine on this beautiful day.  To coordinate with our Famous Americans unit in social studies, we used a poem for shared reading last week that focused on two very important presidents.  The students were having fun choosing actions to go with the poem, so we thought we would share it with you.
In case the above doesn't work, here is the link to the video:  http://youtu.be/jyFjR_fBwm4.  By the way, I always mark our videos as "unlisted" so they do not show up in public searches.
Congratulations to DB, the recipient of the January Citizenship award.  Mrs. Fulkerson took a moment to recognize him during a recent Guidance lesson.  If your child hasn't shared Kelso's Choices with you, please ask him or her to tell you all about them.  We refer to them frequently at school.

Speaking of good citizenship, the students have earned a special treat due to continued good behavior in the cafeteria.  We considered many possible options and then voted.  The winner was...  Stuffed Animal Day!  The children will be allowed to bring one small stuffed animal to school on Thursday, February 21.  We will use the animals for writing and other activities in the classroom, but the children will need to put the animals away in backpacks for "animal naptime" when we go to lunch or other specials.  For this reason, please help your child choose a stuffed animal that will fit comfortably inside his/her backpack.  Also, if your child doesn't have a stuffed animal to bring, please just let me know.  

In other classroom news, I have to send a HUGE thank you to all the parents who helped make our valentines party so fun!  Sadly, I was having so much fun that I forgot to take pictures!  One parent sent these in, so I hope you enjoy them.  If you have a photo on your phone or camera that you could email to me, I will add it here as well.  
In academic news, we will be starting a new piece in writers' workshop.  We will continue to work on revising our work by adding descriptive words as well as spelling unknown words by relating them to other words we do know.

In reading, we will work on nonfiction comprehension strategies:  identifying the main idea, supporting details, and useful text features.

In math, we are working on telling time to the hour and half-hour.  Students should be able to draw hands on an analog clock and fill in numbers on a digital clock to show the same time.  Students should also develop their awareness of time during the day.  What takes one minute?  What takes an hour?  

We are also working on building our fact fluency using the reflexmath.com program.  We will phase out Math Masters and use Reflex to track each student's progress.  Children will have dedicated time to use Reflex during school, but any time spent at home is very helpful, too.

In content, we are learning about important U.S. symbols:  the American flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Washington Monument.

Finally, I hope to see everyone at Tales by Twilight this Thursday evening at 6:20 pm.  Did you hear Mr. Vickers announce that every child will go home with a new book?  I can't wait to see what the children choose!  See you then!


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